17 Changemaker Goals

We at CAS Trips recognize our responsibility as educators. We believe the best way to lead is by example.

From striving to become carbon neutral, to preserving local cultures and supporting local economies, we take sustainability seriously.

Inspired by and aligned with the 17 UN SDGs, we have created our 17 CAS Trips’ Changemaker Goals to show just how we are putting these statements into action.

In 2019 CAS Trips will go 100% carbon neutral, meticulously calculating each participant’s carbon footprint via South Pole and offsetting all trip-generated emissions via Stand For Trees’ VSC-certified projects around the world.

Since 2018, CAS Trips have been sponsoring Italian NGO Environomica to oversee the reforestation of indigenous tree varieties in Colombia’s Sierra Santa Marta.

For every CAS Trips destination, we perform a comprehensive study of the critical real issues affecting the residents. We take great pride in selecting the right organizations to collaborate with based on these findings.

We see it as our duty not to contribute to over-tourism and to protect vulnerable cultures, particularly in our work with the Quechuan communities, homestays and NGOs in the Sacred Valley of Peru.

As of 2019, every CAS Trip will feature the Food Waste Challenge, in which students are tasked with collecting and carrying around their group’s food waste for one full day from 8am – 8pm, before weighing the total amount and composting it.

As well as educating CAS Trips students, it is equally important to give back, educate and develop the local communities we work with. In 2018, we helped promote organic agriculture in El Carmen, Colombia by building an organic garden and facilitating local school visits and classes.

In 2017, we sponsored Czech philanthropist David Christof to run, unassisted, from Prague to Krakow! During this 12-day, 500-km-run, David visited local schools to spread his philanthropic message, raise awareness of Safe Drinking Water, and show students that individual actions really can make a difference.

From March 2019, all CAS Trips participants will receive a BPA-plastic free 700ml foldable and reusable water bottle to discourage single-use plastic.

Starting in 2016, CAS Trips students have fundraised  over 3000 for the successful rehabilitation of a number of recovering homeless guides in collaboration with Pragulic. Funds have been used for dental and health insurance, rehabilitation treatment, English classes and clothing.

In partnership with Drop It Youth, we aim to encourage at least 250 students to become DIY Global Ambassadors in 2019. We want to encourage parents, friends, teachers, and as many people as possible to take the 5 Pledges.

In 2018, we donated over €50,000 to our partner NGOs in CAS Trips destinations. In addition to this we always look to support the grassroots developments of their long-term projects. Contributions have included furnishing an organic farm’s new kindergarten and equipping a homeless soup kitchen.

We must all do our bit to end irresponsible consumption. Here at CAS Trips, we pledge to either donate, recycle or upcycle all consumer products and clothing, such as computer equipment, office furniture, uniforms and anything else we can!

One of the most effective ways to fight climate change is to switch to a renewable energy provider, which is exactly what CAS Trips are doing in 2019!

We will switch all notepads, paper, posters etc. to 100% recycled and sustainably sourced materials in 2019.

We know not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to afford to take a CAS Trip. That is why we are working hard to create our Changemaker Scholarship Fund for students from underprivileged backgrounds for 2020.

We know that supporting local business is central to growing the local economy, and this is key to sustainable development. That is why we are performing an in-depth review of all our destinations to ensure we are supporting 100% local projects and organizations by 2021.

CAS Trips have already moved 90% of our operation paperless, and we pledge to achieve that extra 10% to go completely digital and 100% paperless by 2021.